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Guide to the Edward MacDowell Papers, 1880-1967

Collection number: MC 15

Size: 4 boxes (1.33 cu.ft.)

About Edward MacDowell

Edward Alexander MacDowell (1860-1908) was the first American composer to achieve international recognition. Born in New York City in 1860, MacDowell studied music as a child and travelled to France at the age of 15 to begin a nine year residence in Europe. He returned to the United States in June of 1884 to marry Marian Nevins. Praised for his compositions as well as for his piano playing ability, MacDowell was a popular figure throughout the late 1880s and early 1890s. In fact, he was described by some of his contemporaries as “the greatest musical genius America has produced.” In 1896, Columbia University offered MacDowell a job as as Professor of Music and he taught there for eight years, resigning in 1904 due to philosophical disagreements with the faculty. By 1905, MacDowell suffered from what was diagnosed as “nervous exhaustion,” an ailment that resulted in complete “cerebral collapse.” He died in 1908 at the age of forty-six.

The MacDowell Colony of Peterborough NH, established by Marian MacDowell soon after her husband’s death, was the “amazing realization of the composer’s dream of an ideal environment for creative work in Music, Art and Literature.”

About the Edward MacDowell Papers

The Edward MacDowell Papers primarily contains musical works by MacDowell in both manuscript and printed form. However, the collection also includes correspondence from Robert MacDowell to his mother, a notebook, a sketchbook, letters from Marian MacDowell to Robert Manton, magazine articles and newspaper clippings, information about the MacDowell Colony, photographs, and a scrapbook commemorating Peterborough’s celebration of Mrs. Marian MacDowell’s 95th birthday.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edward MacDowell Papers, 1880-1967, MC 15, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated: Mrs. Robert Manton, 1972 (Accession number: 021, 051)

Related Material

See audio and printed holdings of Edward MacDowell works at the UNH Library

See Porte, John F., Edward MacDowell: A Great American Tone Poet His Life and Music, London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co., 1922.

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Edward MacDowell to his mother, 1880-1901
Box 1, Folder 2 Marian MacDowell to Robert Manton, 1929-1931
Box 1, Folder 3 Marian MacDowell to Robert Manton, 1940-1948
Box 1, Folder 4 Marian MacDowell to Robert Manton, 1949-1950
Box 1, Folder 5 Marian MacDowell to Robert Manton, 1951-1952
Box 1, Folder 6 Marian MacDowell to Robert Manton, 1953-1954
Box 1, Folder 7 Marian MacDowell to Robert Manton, with Christmas cards, n.d.Miscellaneous, “M.M. from R.T.,” 1955-1956, 1945
Box 1, Folder 8 Miscellaneous, “M.M. from R.T.,” 1945
Box 1, Folder 9 Miscellaneous letters to Robert Manton, 1948-1967

Series II: Manuscripts

Box 1, Folder 10 Notebook, personal notes of Edward MacDowell
Box 1, Folder 11 Sketchbook: early musical sketches by Edward MacDowell, including a number of “Easy Etudes” and what became No.1 of Op. 40
Box 1, Folder 12 Unidentified fragment with an Edward Lear drawing and limerick, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 13 UNH speech bestowing an Honorary Master of Arts to Marian MacDowell, 1928
Box 1, Folder 14 Unidentified copy of a Thomas Bailey Aldrich poem, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 15 Hale, Philip, “Edward MacDowell,” handwritten manuscript, 1908
Box 1, Folder 16 “Roland Symphony,” xerox copy, n.d.
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 “Indian Suite (Love Song),” n.d.
Box 2, Folder 2 “American Indian Themes. Lower One Basis of `In War Time’ No. 3 of the Indian Suite,” n.d.
Box 2, Folder 3 “Sketch of the `Legend’, Indian Suite,”n.d.
Box 2, Folder 4 “Midsummer Clouds,” Op. 54 No. 2,n.d.
Box 2, Folder 5 “Roland Symphony,” Op. 30, 1891

Series III: Miscellaneous

Box 2, Folder 6 Scrapbook, “Marian MacDowell Day”, August 15, 1952
Box 2, Folder 7 Eyeglasses, Marian MacDowell [broken]
Box 2, Folder 8 Microfilm, printed works of Edward MacDowell, n.d.

Series IV: Published Music of Edward MacDowell

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Op. 14. “Zweite moderne Suite.” Second modern Suite. Deuxieme Suite moderne….fur Pianoforte zu 2 Handen bearbeitet von Ludwig Klee. Leipzig: Breitkopf and Hartel c.1883, 1911
Box 3, Folder 2 Op. 21. “Erster Abend Das Hindumadchen, n.d.
Box 3, Folder 3 Op. 23, no. 2 in D minor. Piano concerto. ” `Benedick,’ a sketch for the scherzo from the Second Concerto for Pianoforte….” New York: Edward MacDowell Association, 1947
Box 3, Folder 4 Op. 25. “Lancelot and Elaine.” Zweite symphonische Dichtung nach Tennyson fur grosses Orchester. [Arrangement] Clavierauszug 4 Handen von Componisten…Breslau: J Hainauer, New York: G. Schirmer, c.1888
Box 3, Folder 5 Op. 26. “From an Old Garden.” Six songs. Verses by Margaret Deland. New York: G. Schirmer, c.1887
Box 3, Folder 6 Op. 32. “Vier kleine Poesien.” Four little poems. Für pianoforte zu zwei Handen. Leipzig: Breitkopf and Hartel, c.1906

Box 3, Folder 7 Op. 36. “Etude de concert.” For pianoforte. Boston: A.P. Schmidt, 1889
Box 3, Folder 8 Op. 38. “Marionettes. Eight little pianoforte pieces.” Boston: New York: A.P. Schmidt, c. 1929
Box 3, Folder 9 Op. 39. “12 Etudes for the development of technic and style.” Boston, New York: A.P. Schmidt, c. 1918
Box 3, Folder 10 Op. 48. “Zweite (indianische) Suite…fur Pianoforte zu 4 Handen bearbeitet von Otto Taubman.” Leipzig: Breitkopf and Hartel c. 1905
Box 3, Folder 11 Op. 48. “Second (Indian) Suite.” Piccolo I, Flauto I, Flauto II. New York: Kalmus
Box 3, Folder 12 Op. 48. “Second (Indian) Suite.” Oboe I and II, Clarinet I and II, Clarinet in Bb I and II. New York: Kalmus
Box 3, Folder 13 Op. 48. “Second (Indian) Suite.” Fagotto I, Bassoon II, Horn in F I, II, and III. New York: Kalmus
Box 3, Folder 14 Op. 48. “Second (Indian) Suite.” Horn in F IV, Trumpet in Bb I and II, Trombone I. New York: Kalmus
Box 3, Folder 15 Op. 48. “Second (Indian) Suite.” Trombone I, II, and III, Tuba, Timpani. New York: Kalmus
Box 3, Folder 16 Op. 48. “Second (Indian) Suite.” Violin I. New York: Kalmus

Box 3, Folder 17 Op. 48. “Second (Indian) Suite.” Violin II. New York: Kalmus

Box 3, Folder 18 Op. 48. “Second (Indian) Suite.” Viola. New York: Kalmus

Box 3, Folder 19 Op. 48. “Second (Indian) Suite.” Cello. New York: Kalmus

Box 3, Folder 20 Op. 48. “Second (Indian) Suite.” Basso I. New York: Kalmus

Box 3, Folder 21 Op. 52, no. 3. “The Crusaders,” three choruses for male voices. Boston, New York: A.P.Schmidt, 2 copies,c. 1899
Box 3, Folder 22 Op. 59. “4th Sonata (Keltic) for Pianoforte.” Boston, New York: A.P.Schmidt, c.1901
Box 3, Folder 23 “Two Songs from the Thirteenth Century, No. l.” New York: P.L.Jung, c.1897
Box 3, Folder 24 “Six Fancies for the Piano: A Tin Soldier’s Love,” by Edgar Thorn (pseudonym for Edward MacDowell) Boston, New York: A.P.Schmidt, c.1926
Box 3, Folder 25 “Transcriptions for the Organ from the Works of Edward MacDowell, Series I.” London: Elkin, c.1926
Box 3, Folder 26 “Transcriptions for the Organ from the Works of Edward Mac Dowell, Second Series.” Arranged by C. Charlton Palmer. London: Elkin, c.1926
Box 3, Folder 27 “To A Wild Rose.” New York: Carl Fisher, 1953

Series V: Published Material About the MacDowells

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 Adams, Mrs. Crosby. “What the Piano Writings of Edward MacDowell Mean to the Piano Student,” 1913
Box 4, Folder 2 “All-American Catalogue of Contemporary Music,” n.d.
Box 4, Folder 3 Brown, Rollo Walter. “Mrs. MacDowell and Her Colony,” The Atlantic, 1949
Box 4, Folder 4 Currier, T.P. “Edward MacDowell As I Knew Him,” The Musical Quarterly, n.d.
Box 4, Folder 5 Hagedorn, Hermann. “The Peterborough Colony,” n.d.
Box 4, Folder 6 “The Joy of Autumn,” Op. 62, [magazine clipping] n.d.
Box 4, Folder 7 MacDowell, Edward, newspaper clippings, n.d.
Box 4, Folder 8 MacDowell, Marian, newspaper clippings, 1937-1967
Box 4, Folder 9 McDowell, Marian. An Autobiographical Sketch, n.d.
Box 4, Folder 10 McDowell, Marian. “The First Twenty Years of the MacDowell Colony,” 1951
Box 4, Folder 11 MacDowell, Marian. “A Piano Recital of MacDowell Music,” n.d.
Box 4, Folder 12 “The MacDowell Birthday Parties: A Report,” 1953
Box 4, Folder 13 The MacDowell Colony, pamphlet and information, n.d.
Box 4, Folder 14 “In Memoriam: Edward MacDowell,” Musical America, February 25, 1929
Box 4, Folder 15 “Symphonizing MacDowell,” Newsweek, March 3, 1947
Box 4, Folder 16 “Pilot on the Glory Road,” Readers’ Digest, October 1937
Box 4, Folder 17 Schmidt, Arthur P. “Edward MacDowell” and Compositions by Edward MacDowell,” n.d.
Box 4, Folder 18 Sinclair, Upton. “MacDowell,” The American Mercury, n.d.
Box 4, Folder 19 United States Postal Service. Stamp, Edward MacDowell, [2 first day issues], 1940

Series VI: Photographs and Postcards

Box 4, Folder 20 Edward MacDowell, 7 images all undated
Box 4, Folder 21 “To Mrs. Marian MacDowell,” 1949
Box 4, Folder 22 MacDowell Colony, photographs, n.d.
Box 4, Folder 23 MacDowell Colony, postcards, n.d.

2 Responses to “Guide to the Edward MacDowell Papers, 1880-1967”

  1. Claude POLETTI Says:

    Hello, I am a french Conducteur of a famous choir in Vaison la Romaine in France (not really far away from Chateauneuf du Pape and Avignon ) and would like to study the Barcarolle for choir and piano 4 hands of Edward MacDowell. could you tell me who and where is the publisher ? or where could I see the score of that piece. many thanks, CLaude POLETTI

  2. Roland Goodbody Says:

    Hello Claude.

    It appears that the Library of Congress holds the manuscript copy of Barcarolle Op. 44. If you enter the search terms “Barcarolle” and “Edward MacDowell” into the First Search box on the following page (,

    it is the is the fifth result.

    Much research showed that Arthur P. Schmidt first published the work in 1892, but strangely, there seems to be no printed copy of the work available anywhere in the world´s libraries.

    Perhaps the MacDowell Colony has a copy? You can contact them at

    I´m sorry I could not be of more help than this.

    Roland Goodbody / Manuscripts Curator